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Kickstart problem i have xr400r 1996 model n now it is very hard to start .kick is too soft when i kick my kick starter n compressor doesn't compress which i kick

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Hi crazy

Your bike has an automatic de-compression lever that helps when starting. This mechanism will make it feel like the bike has low compression. If it is maladjusted, it may be causing the problem

check here for adjustment procedures to be sure that it is set up correctly.

Other than that, low compression pretty much means top end rebuild.


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